Best friends, worst enemies – how to handle sibling rivalry

Sibling interaction is one of the first social contexts children encounter. Rivalry is often fueled by competition for attention from people that they regard as influential or significant, such as parents or caregivers. Over time, as their circle of influence widens, such behaviour extends to impressing their peers, and both physical and relational aggression are [...]

Passing Moments

Love yourself first, in that moment of anger, disappointment Treat yourself kindly, when you feel unhappy, hurt Let go of that overwhelm An out-breath, release For all is impermanent With a new breath, refresh Let insight arise When grounded in calm Gently choose your words Speak them aloud May these be wise and few For [...]

Can Mindfulness Make you a Better Parent?

Mindfulness for parents is about being completely present to, aware of and accepting what is happening right now, without judgment or over-concern. Parents race through days, planning ahead, anticipating issues, always on the move. Being mindful helps parents to stop, notice and appreciate the happy and joyful moments as they arise. When parents are confronted [...]

Chrysalis

Listening to confirm what my heart speaks Communicating with spaces in between words open to interpretation Observing to complement what my eyes see Walking taking a moment before each step Breathing like there is nothing else that I need to do I exist in this cloud of serenity withdrawn from a thoughtless race I am [...]

Summer is here!

Striving to Love without condition Support without expectation Dream without promise Only expressing hope in quiet daily prayers Days brim with New knowledge Unfamiliar challenges Different experiences Gripping with each step Summoning patience Cheerleading with enthusiasm We are not there …. yet There is always more to overcome to accomplish to do We seem to [...]

I will begin to trust you

I wrote this poem after I paused to reflect in mindfulness, to cultivate my ability to trust.  One afternoon, I was getting increasingly frustrated about the extended time one of my children was spending on the computer, in the name of homework and revision.  The conversation began with a casual reminder from me, to shut her laptop down once she [...]

Acceptance

What does it mean? A chasm exists from where I am To where I want to be Vast with fear Wide with what-ifs Seemingly insurmountable Acceptance brandishes courage Imposes upon time Pleads forgiveness Implores non-judgement Articulates self-love Acceptance challenges beliefs Rocks foundations Shifts paradigms Reframes boundaries Manifests transformation Acceptance Is not resignation Is not surrender nor [...]

The Day After

In celebration of International Day of Happiness, let us take a moment to lighten ourselves and welcome happiness and self-compassion into our own hearts. Oh, my dear You feel deeply You search intently Often your toughest critic Unforgiving Relentless Striving Questioning Leave that mind behind Just for a moment Or more Look up Let light [...]